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COVID-19 Update March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update from Dr. Rovtar March 20, 2020

Information from our School Counseling Department

The Monvtille Township School District is concerned about physical and mental health as we find ourselves in these unusual and stressful times.  Our Counseling Department has prepared resources to assist.

COVID-19 Resources

Montville Township School Nurses Share COVID-19 Resources for Students and Families

Montville Township Public Schools Focuses on Understanding Social Media – Parents/Guardians Encouraged to Attend FREE Seminar March 31 On Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. Sgt. Tom Rich, a Cybersafety Expert, will present a FREE seminar: ALWAYS CONNECTED.

Throughout March All Students in Grade 4 through 12 will Learn Social Media Safety - On Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. Sgt. Tom Rich, a Cybersafety Expert, will present a FREE seminar: ALWAYS CONNECTED. All parents, guardians and all adult Montville Township, New Jersey, community members are encouraged to attend. ALWAYS CONNECTED is a fast paced presentation for parents, guardians and all adult community members to learn about popular social media apps and how to protect children on-line. Those attending will learn how to navigate the most popular media apps. Sgt. Rich is a Cybersafety Expert who has spoken about Social Media Safety to more than 1 million people world-wide. He has been featured on NBC, FOX, CNN and Good Morning America. Sgt. Rich will provide information on how to monitor a child’s social media activity, how to navigate the most popular social media apps, and how to protect children as they learn to navigate the on-line world.

In the Event of a Prolonged Closure Schoology Learning Management System Will Serve as District's Primary Means of Communicating Instructional Info In the event of a prolonged health-related school closure, our Schoology Learning Management System will serve as our primary means of communicating instructional information.

schoologyIn the event of a prolonged health-related school closure, our Schoology Learning Management System will serve as our primary means of communicating instructional information to students and their families.  Schoology also provides us with a very quick and effective means of communicating with parents on an ongoing basis (snow closures, delayed openings, etc).  Schoology has an app that allows you to gain access through your smart phone. 

Access the Schoology Parent Guide Online

There’s an APP for That! Montville Township Public Schools Launches District APP Montville Township Public Schools has an APP. Download SchoolPointe Stay Connected

Students, Faculty, Parents and Public Encouraged to Download APP to Phones - Montville Township Public Schools has launched a district-wide APP. The APP allows easy access to district news, calendar event listings, the MTHS athletics schedule, and Genesis Parent Access, as well as the district’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. It is integrated with the district’s website. To download the APP, access the Apple App store or Google Play. Once there,search for: SchoolPointe Stay Connected. After installing select Montville Township Public Schools. https://www.montville.net/Content2/app-information

MTHS Donates 3000 Pairs of PPE Gloves to Morristown MTHS donates 3000 pairs of PPE gloves to Morristown Medical Center

Science Department, Administrators & Facilities Coordinate Contribution to Those on the Front Line - This morning Montville Township High School donated 3000 pairs of Nitrile gloves to Morristown Medical Center.
Over the weekend, "Teacher, James Queen initiated the discussion that led to this donation," said Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar.
"After hearing about the dire need of our medical professionals needing PPE, I realized we had a supply of gloves at our high school that we could do without," Queen explained. "I simply suggested this to my Supervisors that it seemed like a viable idea and they all agreed."
Director of Facilities Steven Toth, who is also a First Responder, volunteered to collect the gloves from the school and deliver to the hospital.

As Distance Learning Launches, Superintendent Composes #MustangStrong Rap In Honor of the New Initiative Distance Learning launch video MontvilleStrong

This morning, in honor of the launch of the district’s brand new Distance Learning initiative, Rovtar posted her #MustangStrong rap which ended with a message to the entire community:

 “I miss you guys/You know I do/But we’ll be Mustang Strong/And we’ll get through/Be safe everybody.”

The #MustangStrong rap can be viewed here.


A LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. RENE ROVTAR Distance Learning Will Launch March 17, 2020

Please read this letter for important information. Thank you for your patience as this new instructional plan rolls out. 

During the period of school closure, beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, technology questions should be directed to techhelp@montville.net  .

Distance Learning instructions from Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar Page 1

NJ State Senator Joseph Pennacchio Celebrates READ ACROSS AMERICA at Woodmont Elementary in Montville, NJ New Jersey State Senator Joseph Pennacchio (R – NJ 26th), participated in Woodmont Elementary School’s annual READ ACROSS AMERICA celebration on Monday, March 2, 2020.  He read to 50 third grade students.

Third Graders Enjoyed the NJ Legislator’s Stories of How a Bill Becomes a Law - – New Jersey State Senator Joseph Pennacchio (R – NJ 26th), participated in Woodmont Elementary School’s annual READ ACROSS AMERICA celebration on Monday, March 2, 2020. The state Senator read to fifty third grade students at the Montville Township Public Schools’ elementary school in Pine Brook, NJ. While there, Pennacchio explained to Woodmont students how laws are made. He read two stories: DUCK FOR PRESIDENT, by Doreen Cronin, and Peter Barnes’ HOUSE MOUSE, SENATE MOUSE about the important job and challenging responsibilities the Squeaker of the House and the Senate Mouse-jority Leader must balance in making laws.

National Recognition --The Work of MTHS Artist Abigail Iasso, a Junior, Was Selected For National Exhibition “A Butterflies Touch” by Montville Township High School junior Abigail Iasso will be on display at the NCECA Conference Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 26, 27 and 28, 2020.

Only 150 Works of Art Were Chosen Out of 900 Submitted - Artist Abigail Iasso’s ceramic piece, “A Butterflies Touch”, has been selected for the National exhibit at the National Conference on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA). The exhibition will be held in Richmond, Virginia Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 26, 27 and 28, 2020. March is National Youth Art Month.

Please Complete the District's Online Survey Regarding Internet Access and Devices at Home Survey image

Please complete the district's online survey regarding Internet access and devices at home at: https://forms.gle/aE1RfKAwk2E5T4gj6 . Thank you for your assistance.

Montville Twp BOE Honors 15 Outstanding Educators 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year, Educational Services Providers of the Year, Princeton Distinguished Secondary School Educator.

Those recognized were named by their peers to the annual: Governor’s Teacher of the Year, Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year and the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher programs. “Tonight is our opportunity to recognize our superstars,” said Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar. “A school district really cannot be successful if we don’t have really excellent teachers and educational services professionals. Tonight we are recognizing the best of the best. These folks have been selected by panels within each school that involve teachers – their peers – parents and administration. We have some wonderful honorees.”

Now Accepting Applications for the Integrated Preschool Program 2020-2021

Children with and without special needs will be educated together in an innovative, child-centered program designed to promote the academic, social, emotional and language development of every child. The program will consist of    3 half day sessions per week for 3 year olds and 5 half day sessions per week for 4 year olds.  Click on the link above to read more about the program and access the link to the program application.

Preschool Child with LEARN Blocks

MTHS Alumna Lexi Hartley 1 of ONLY 16 in USA Chosen to Study WWII in Hawai'i. The 2011 Grad Carries on Former History Teacher Peter Porter's Legacy. MTHS Alumna Lexi Hartley 1 of only 16 in US chosen to attend National History Day® Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute.

National History Day® and Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Provide Learning, Research, and All Expenses Paid Trip to Hawaiʻi - MTHS alumna Lexi Hartley and one of her history students from the Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, New York, will join 15 other teacher-student teams from across the U.S. to read books and selected materials, engage in online discussions, and research a Silent Hero®, a military service member who died in World War II and is buried or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. In June, the teams will meet in Oʻahu where they will walk in the footsteps of history, and learn firsthand about the impact of World War II in the Pacific. Hartley was the 2011 MTHS Salutatorian.

Hilldale and Valley View Elementary Schools Named State Schools of Character by Character.org Hilldale and Valley View Elementary Schools Named State Schools of Character

Hilldale and Valley View Elementary Schools are 2 of only 81 schools from across the nation to be named NEW JERSEY STATE SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER by Character.org. Character.org is a National Character Organization, located in Washington, D.C. Hilldale and Valley View will now be considered for NATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHARACTER designation. Since 2016, four of the district’s other schools have been named both State and National Schools of Character. Those schools are: Cedar Hill Elementary School, William Mason Elementary School, Woodmont Elementary School and Robert R. Lazar Middle School. In addition, the Montville Township Public Schools district received the NATIONAL DISTRICT OF CHARACTER designation in 2018.

Substitute Nurses Needed. Candidates Encouraged to Apply Now Substitute Nurses Encouraged to Apply

Award-Winning Montville Township District Pays $150/Day to Certified Nurses - Montville Township Public Schools is seeking qualified substitute nurses. The district’s daily rate for substitute nurses is $150. Substitute nurses are regularly needed for assignment in buildings and on field trips. Anyone who is interested in becoming a substitute nurse in the Montville Township Public Schools is encouraged to contact June Carle, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent (june.carle@montville.net), immediately.

Lazar 7th Grade Student Scores 100% on Mathematical Association of America’s AMC 8 Math Competition, Earning Top 1% Status Nationally Ten Lazar students participated in the Mathematical Association of America’s American Math Competition

Lazar Team of 10 Brought Sound Analytical Thinking to the Tournament - Jason Mao landed a perfect 25 out of 25 on the Mathematical Association of America’s American Math Competition (MAA AMC) AMC 8 middle school test. Achieving 100% on the mathematical challenge placed Mao in the top 1% nationally. As a result, Mao, a seventh grade student at Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, New Jersey, earned the AMC 8 “Honor Roll of Distinction.”

Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday January 13, 2020 Kindergarten Registration is open Jan 13 through Feb 14, 2020 in Montville Township Public Schools

On-Line and In-Person Kindergarten Registration Must Be Completed Before Friday, February 14, 2020 - Kindergarten Registration for Montville Township Public Schools’ 2020-2021 academic year opens Monday, January 13, 2020. All children of residents of Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco, New Jersey, who have reached the age of five on or before October 1, 2020, are eligible for Kindergarten. Parents must complete both On-Line Registration and In-Person Registration for each child attending Kindergarten. The Registration deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020. Instructions and details regarding the entire Kindergarten Registration process can be found on-line at www.montville.net. For more info go to: www.montville.net/News/kindergarten-reg-2020

William Mason Elementary Students Raise Nearly $6,000 to Help Fund Lifesaving Cancer Research William Mason 1st grade student Harper Goodstein and School Nurse, Elizabeth D. Wigley

First Grade Student Led the “Pennies for Patients” Drive with Donation of $928 - Students, staff and families joined together to "Bring the Change" and surpass the school's annual fundraising goal by nearly $1000. Harper Goodstein, a first grader, had raised $928. Additionally, fifth graders Anna, Brian and Brielle Melzer and first, third and fourth grade students Elizabeth, William and Ella Albanese joined forces and made items to sell. All the proceeds they received were donated to the “Pennies for Patients” campaign. “It made me feel good helping people who needed my help,” Goodstein said. “I only asked a few people and my whole family helped me raise more money.” Money raised for the “Pennies for Patients” campaign helps to fund lifesaving cancer research and provide services for patients, many of whom are children. Services, and lifesaving research, bring help and hope to thousands of people battling cancer.

Substitute Teachers Encouraged to Apply To Montville Township Public Schools Substitute Teachers Encouraged to Apply To Montville Township Public Schools

Award-Winning District Pays $100/Day to Qualified Subs - Applicants must possess a Morris County Substitute Certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Education. Candidates must also have completed 60 semester hour credits at a regionally accredited college or university and pass the New Jersey Criminal History Background clearance.

Montville Township High School Senior, Anna Rehberg is 1 of ONLY 4 Selected to Receive the "NJ Governor's Awards in Arts Education" for Music

               Rachelle Philip, MTHS Choral Director and AP Music Theory teacher Kristen Markowski, Anna Rehberg, Maddie Bustamante!

Rehberg and two other MTHS students, Maddie Bustamante & Rachelle Philip also landed solos in NJ All-State High School Chorus Performance at November 17 NJPAC Concert

William Mason Elementary School Named 2019 National School of Character by Character.org.

William Mason One of Only 88 Schools & 3 Districts Designated National Schools of Character by Character.org. First China School of Character

William Mason joins Cedar Hill, Lazar and Woodmont as National Schools of Character, as well as Montville Township Public Schools as National District of Character.